About Frederick County Ag

Frederick County has 1,373 farms. These farms cover a total of 188,567 acres, which is approximately 44% of the total land in the county. Frederick County has a diverse agriculture sector. Livestock raised include dairy and beef cattle, swine, sheep, and goats. Crops grown include corn, soybeans, wheat, forages, vegetables, and fruits. The county also has a growing craft beverage industry.

Contact us

301-600-3578
mtownsen@umd.edu Mark Townsend, Agriculture Agent   

301-600-3571
kfuss1@umd.edu Kaitlyn Fuss, Nutrient Management Advisor

301-600-3576
lstrong@umd.edu Lisa Strong, Agriculture Administrative Assistant

Upcoming Programs

To view dates and places for Pesticide Training, Exams and Recertification go to -  Pesticide and Nutrient Management Meetings 

Register for Frederick County Training and Recertification

Extension Events

To see what Agriculture related events and workshops are upcoming visit this webpageAgriculture & Food Systems Meetings and Events

For a variety of events and workshops, scroll through the Extension Event Calendar.  Check out the latest news and research Extension is working on. 

Extension News & Events

Women in Agriculture

As the USDA reports, the number of women involved in agriculture has grown in recent years. MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture is dedicated to providing knowledge and resources to women who share a passion for agriculture. 

Wednesday Webinars - offered the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.  They are FREE and open to all!  Listing of webinars is on our website.

Maryland Beef Webinar Series

Webinars will be held from 7:30-8:30 pm on the first Thursday of each month. 

Private Applicator Pesticide Training and Exam

If you're looking to acquire a Private Applicator's License, there are a few ways to do this:

  1. We offer optional in-person training each fall; the exam is administered the following week. 
  2. If no in-person trainings are available nearby, here is an online training video as well as a practice exam.  Exams are available to take in Denton, Boonsboro, or Annapolis when MDA offers their commercial exams, every 2 months but subject to change.  See the commercial pesticide exam dates on MDA's website and who to contact to advise that you will be attending the exam and to find out what you will need the day of the exam.

Core manuals are available as a free download or for purchase for $15.00 from our office.

Some things to note for the day of the exam:

  • Exam is administered by the Maryland Department of Agriculture
  • Check in for the exam is from 9-11AM of the day listed for each exam location.
  • Individuals must be finished taking all exams prior to 3PM.
  • CELL PHONES AND OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES (EXCEPT FOR A CALCULATOR) ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE EXAM ROOM.

Private Applicator Pesticide Credits

If you are in need of credits to recertify your Private Applicator Pesticide license there are a few ways to do this.

1. Pre-recorded webinars are available to watch at your own convenience. Follow the instructions under the 2020 Pesticide Renewals heading, under option 2. 

2. A team of Extension agents from University of Maryland, University of Delaware, Penn State have produced a workbook for applicators that do not have access to virtual training materials, more information under option 4.  

3. In-person meetings - we usually have meetings once a year in October/November.  Contact our office for more information if the dates are not listed on this web page.

** To renew your certificate on line go to the MDA renewal site. Here is a video tutorial with directions on renewing your license online.

To view dates and places for Pesticide Training, Exams and Recertification go to -  Pesticide and Nutrient Management Meetings 

Nutrient Management Voucher Applicator Credits

If you are in need of credits to recertify your Nutrient Management Voucher Applicator license there are two ways to do this through online self-paced webinars listed below.  

1. Pre-recorded webinars are available to watch at your own convenience.  Follow the instructions under the Nutrient Voucher and Farm Operator Credits heading, Option 2.

2. Agricultural Nutrient Management Training Program (MDA). Upcoming available classes that offer credits.

3. Additional online webinars (MDA). Print out the quiz before you start watching the program so you can follow along. All your answers must be correct to earn CEUs. Mail completed quiz no later than 3 business days after you view the program to MDA at the address provided on the quiz.  Be sure to keep a copy for your records.

To view dates and places for Nutrient Voucher Training/Recertification go to -  Pesticide and Nutrient Management Meetings 

  • Water Treatments

    Nov 29th
    Online

  • Southern Maryland Crops Conference and Dinner

    Nov 29th
    Baden Volunteer Fire Dept
    Brandywine MD

  • Northern Maryland Field Crops Day

    Dec 1st
    Friendly Farm Restaurant
    Upperco MD

  • Cultivating Conservation Workshop

    Dec 1st
    Talbot County
    Ag Service Center
    Easton MD

  • Cattle Health Management - CALVING (Central Maryland)

    Dec 3rd
    Central MD
    Research & Edu Center
    Ellicott City, MD

     

  • 1st Annual Maryland Mushroom Growers Symposium

    Dec 6th
    MD Department of Ag
    Annapolis, MD

  • Solar Workshop Series-St. Mary's County

    Dec 7th
    UME-St. Mary's County
    Leonardtown MD

  • Produce Safety Rule Grower Training (Hybrid)

    Dec 7th 
    Online (Zoom) or
    UMES Research & Edu Farm
    Princess Anne, MD
     

  • Poultry Grower Meeting

    Dec 9th
    Caroline County
    4-H & Youth Park
    Denton, MD

  • Maryland Beef Webinar Series: Wintering Bulls & Cows

    Dec 13th
    Online

  • Women in Ag Wednesday Webinar: Understanding Property Purchase Agreements

    Dec 14th
    Online

  • 2023 Virtual Advanced Landscape IPM PHC Short Course

    Jan 3rd
    Online

Ag Frequently Asked Questions

Looking for help on your farm?  Take a look at A Guide To Custom Operators. If you are a custom operator and would like to be added to our resource guide, sign up here.

Land Rental Rates - USDA, National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) Cash Rental Rates. Page 3 for cropland, non-irrigated rates, page 4 for cropland, irrigated rates. PDF

Lease Agreements

Maryland FarmLink is a website that helps Maryland farmers buy, sell, and lease farmland as well as connect with other farmers. This website is run by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission.

Sources of Technical Assistance, Education, and Support for Farmers in Frederick County Maryland

Ag Links to Resources

Frederick County Extension Ag Facebook page
 
University of Maryland (home page)
University of Maryland Extension (home page)
Catoctin & Frederick Soil Conservation (home page)

The soil conservation and water quality efforts in the county are channeled through the Soil Conservation District (SCD). The SCD works closely with the Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service to install conservation practices and write conservation plans. The SCD also promotes environmental conservation to the public. Frederick County has two District Boards (Frederick & Catoctin), which are made up of farmers from the county.

Frederick County Government (home page)
  • Frederick County Office of Economic Development - The Office of Economic Development works to increase the overall economic health of Frederick County by attracting new businesses and help existing businesses be more successful. Since agriculture is one of the key industries in the county, the Office of Economic Development assists farmers with promoting agriculture and walking through regulations for items such as zoning and value-added products. Homegrown Frederick, a website and annual magazine that promotes local farms, is published by the Office of Economic Development.

  • Frederick County Agricultural Land Preservation Program - The Agricultural Land Preservation office administers a variety of local, state, and federal land preservation programs focused on protecting agricultural lands. These preservation programs provide many opportunities to the farmers of Frederick County to protect the future of their farmlands and promote natural resource industries.

  • Frederick County Weed Control - 301-600-1586 Frederick County Weed Control operates through a joint partnership between the county government and the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Weed Control enforces the State Weed Control Law which regulates johnsongrass, shattercane, and thistles. They also provide technical assistance to landowners for initiating noxious weed control programs.

  • Maryland Department of Health (MDH), Frederick County Office - The Environmental Health Services Division of the MDH oversees regulations dealing with wells, septic systems, food service facilities, farmers markets, cottage food businesses, and value-added products.

Future Harvest Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (Future Harvest CASA)

Future Harvest CASA provides education, networking, and advocacy to help build a sustainable Chesapeake foodshed; protect our land, water, and air; and provide healthy, nutritious food that sustains the region’s communities and cities. Future Harvest CASA offers field days, meetings, conferences, as well as a Beginning Farmer Training Program.
 

Hay and Straw for Sale
Homegrown Frederick

Homegrown Frederick is a place where you can find local products, Farmers' Markets, learn about area farms and what is going on in the Ag community.

Maryland Agricultural & Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation

MARBICO is a quasi-public economic development organization that helps Maryland’s farm, forestry, and seafood businesses achieve sustainability and profitability. They offer loan and grant programs for farmers and rural business owners, land preservation programs, partnerships with commercial lenders, and business resources and planning tools for rural entrepreneurs. 

Maryland Department of Agriculture (home page)
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (home page)
  • Forestry Division - The Forestry Division of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources can assist landowners with the establishment, management, and harvesting of trees on their property.

  • Wildlife Division - The Wildlife Division of DNR manages the wildlife in the state. They handle complaints dealing with wildlife damage to crops and issue control permits and work with landowners to develop wildlife management plans.

Maryland FarmLink

Maryland FarmLink is a website that helps Maryland farmers buy, sell, and lease farmland as well as connect with other farmers. This website is run by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission.

Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA)

2020 Legal Services Directory

Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit

Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit is an agricultural lending cooperative. They offer farm, home, and land loans, as well as crop insurance. Farm Credit also has a Beginning Farmer Program and an AgBiz Masters Program for young and beginning farmers.

U.S. Deparment of Agriculture (home page)
  • Farm Service Agency - The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. FSA handles the government cost-share and price support programs, as well as low-interest loans. Disaster programs for drought, freeze, and hail are also handled by FSA. 

  • Grants and Loans

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service - The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is a branch of the United States Department of Agriculture. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance for installing farm practices that reduce soil erosion and benefit water quality. These practices include grass waterways, diversions, crop strips, ponds, watering troughs, manure pits, cover crops, stream buffers, and many more. NRCS also writes conservation plans, which are plans for the implementation of conservation practices on the farm.

  • New Farmer Website - USDA has a section of their website dedicated to new farmers, women in ag, young farmers, and veterans. Information on how to start a farm, business resources, and grants and loans are available on this website

Farm Stress Management

Choose from Financial Resources, Stress Management, or Legal Resources to find a variety of online information, guides, and tools developed to help in each of these areas. 

Farm Stress Management

Nutrient Management Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some quick FAQs regarding nutrient vouchers and certified farm operators (CFOs).

Q: How do I know if my nutrient voucher is still valid?
A: Each voucher holder should have a card with an expiration date on it, and MDA will also send out expiration notices in the mail.

Q: Can I look up if my nutrient voucher is still valid?
A: There is no online way to look them up, however voucher holders may contact MDA's regional offices or headquarters directly to look up that information or email nminfo.mda@maryland.gov.

Q: Where is the list of voucher training courses?
A: MDA Nutrient Management Training webpage

Q: What should a farmer do when attending nutrient voucher training to ensure his/her voucher is updated?
A: The host of the meeting will have sign-in sheets, make sure you sign in (this includes winter meetings for which voucher certification is offered).

Q: What is a certified farm operator (CFO)?
A: A CFO is a farmer who is certified to write their own nutrient management plan for their operation.

Q: I want to write my own plan, how do I become a CFO?
A: Sign up for a class!

Q: How many nutrient management CEUs do I need to keep my CFO certification valid?
A: You will need 2 credits within the first year, and 6 credits every 3 years thereafter.

Q: How do I know when my CFO certification needs to be renewed?
A: Each CFO should have a card with an expiration date on it, and MDA will also send out renewal notices in the mail.

Q: What do I do when I receive a renewal notice?
A: You will need to report qualifying CEUs that you received over the past 1 year/3 years and send the notice back to MDA. If you are unsure of when you received CEUs, you can contact MDA's regional offices or headquarters to find out. Good recordkeeping is your best bet.

Q: Where can I find out more about Nutrient Management?
A: University of MD Extension Agriculture Nutrient Management Program

Forage or Soil Probes

The Frederick County Extension Office has soil probes, and a forage (hay) probe that you may borrow to take your samples that you will send to a lab for analysis. Since our office is currently closed to the public we have a new procedure for borrowing a probe.

1. Please download and fill out the Probe Sign-Out fillable form and email it to us to request an appointment to borrow a probe.

2. We will contact you and schedule your appointment to pick up the probe; we will meet you outside to exchange your $100.00 deposit (cash or check) for the use of the probe.  Probes are to be returned within a two-week time frame.  Pick up times will be Monday-Friday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm on days when someone is physically in the office.

3. Please contact our office to confirm when you will return the probe so we can exchange the probe for your deposit and have you sign that you received your returned deposit.  Drop off times will be Monday-Friday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm on days when someone is physically in the office.

Soil Probe

Point of contact: Kaitlyn Fuss   kfuss1@umd.edu   301-600-3571

Lab information - publications:

Forage Probe

Point of contact: Lisa Strong   lstrong@umd.edu   301-600-3576

List of Certified Labs - Click on the NFTA Certified Laboratories link.

Forage Sampler Usage:
Round shank adapter for use with electric drill of 1/2 hp or 18 volt capacity (recommended). Dowel plunger is supplied to remove moist or packed samples. Each sample needs to be removed prior to taking another sample.

Sampling Video (North Carolina State Extension)
Steps for Good Sampling Methods (University of California Extension)
Forage Sampling Procedures and Equipment (Kansas State Extension)

Research and Reports

2022 Corn Hybrid Trials Results

2022 Corn Hybrid Trials results are performed annually at multiple UMD Research and Education Centers. The factsheet can also be downloaded from the MD Crops website.

Many thanks to Louis Thorne, Joe Crank, and CJ Chansler for their leadership and management of the trials, from seed organization, to planting, to harvest. These trials could not be completed without them.

We are grateful for the funding provided by Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board to support these trials. MGPUB provides our program with checkoff funding to support applied agricultural research and generate results that directly benefit Maryland producers.

2022 Wheat and Barley Yield and Disease Trials

Report (PDF)

 

2019 Soybean Planting Population

Description of Research

The current soybean planting population recommendation for full season soybeans in Maryland is 140,000 plants per acre (ppa). However, this recommendation is based on research conducted in the early 2000s on initial Roundup Ready® varieties in minimum tillage systems (Kratochvil, Pearce, & Harrison, Jr. 2004). Today, farmers have switched to no-till soybean production and have access to the second generation of Roundup Ready® soybeans as well as many newer varieties. While the recommended seeding rate provides adequate yield from these newer varieties, formal research has not been conducted in Maryland to determine if they can still yield at lower populations in no-till production.

Reference

Kratochvil, R.J., Pearce, J.T., & Harrison, Jr., M.R. (2004). Row-Spacing and Seeding Rate Effects on Glyphosate-Resistant Soybean for Mid-Atlantic Production Systems. Agron. J., 96, 1029-1038.

Results

Effects of Planting Population on Yield in Full Season Soybeans

2019 Weed Control In No-Till Pumpkins

Description of Research

Objective - Evaluate potential of Dual Magnum as an overlapping residual approach for pumpkin production throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. This study was conducted at the Western Maryland Research & Education Center in Keedysville, MD, the Penn State Research & Education Center in Rock Springs, PA, and at the University of Delaware Research & Education Center in Georgetown, DE.

Results

Overlapping Residuals in Pumpkin Report

2019 Potential Herbicides to Control Problem Weeds in Snap Beans

Description of Research

Objective - To evaluate herbicide effectiveness of these potential herbicides when used in combination with herbicides as compared to current standards. Also, to determine the effect of these herbicide treatments on snap bean stand, injury, and yield. This study is being conducted at the Western Maryland Research & Education Center in Keedysville, MD, the Penn State Research & Education Center in Rock Springs, PA, and at the University of Delaware Research & Education Center in Georgetown, DE. Data from only the Maryland site is included in this article.

Results

Snap Bean Herbicide Trial

Newsletters

Agronomy

November 14, 2022

  • Fall Training & Recertification Classes
  • We're Hiring for the Frederick Office Central Cluster Area Extension Director
  • 2022 Corn Hybrid Trials
  • 2023 Custom Rate Survey Open
  • Agronomy News
  • Private Applicator Pesticide Training and Testing- Washington County
  • 2022 Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School
  • Pasture Walk at UMD Beef Demonstration Site
  • Southern Maryland Crops Conference Dinner
  • Northern Maryland Field Crops Day
  • Cattle Health Management - Calving

October 10, 2022

  • Fall Training & Recertification Classes
  • We're Hiring for the Frederick Office 4-H Youth Development Agent
  • Agronomy News
  • Webinar: Farm Green with Rick Clark
  • Wednesday Webinar: Agriculture Leases
  • Wednesday Water Webinar: Things New Homeowners Need to Know About Their Septic System
  • Stakeholder Meetings Value Added Center
  • Maryland Advanced Grazing Workshop with Ranching for Profit
  • Wednesday Webinar: Regulatory Decision Trees for Value-Added Foods
  • Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference
  • Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School

September 1, 2022

  • Pesticide and Nutrient Voucher Training & Recertification
  • Potomac Edison Agricultural Energy Efficient Incentive Program
  • WMREC Sprayer and Pesticide Application Twilight Meeting
  • Effective Pesticide Application Twilight - WyeREC
  • Online Course: The Woods in Your Backyard
  • Let's Talk About Climate Change: Motivate Everyone You Know to Be Part of the Solution
  • No-Till Organic Grain Experimentations at Mason's Heritage Farm
  • Solar Workshops
  • Wednesday Webinar: Decision Making Resources and Tools for Cover Cropping and Other Best Management Practices
  • Wednesday Webinar: Farming Time Management
  • Maryland’s 2022 Pesticide Container Recycling Program
  • Woodland & Wildlife Wednesdays
  • We're Hiring - Business Services Specialist

July 28, 2022

  • 2022 Wheat and Barley Yield and Disease Trial
  • ALEI August Webinar Series
  • ANMP Summer Series Part 2: Optimizing Fertilizer Use and Phosphorus Mining
  • Field Crops Research Twilight Barbecue and Ice Cream Social
  • Wednesday Webinar: Understanding Herbicide Resistance and Adapting Your Weed Management Program; Farm Stress Management and Resiliency
  • Solar on the Farm
  • Virtual Forum: We Need an Epidemic of Climate Action
  • The Maryland State Fair
  • Penn State's Ag Progress Days
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension Ag Showcase with Atlantic Tractor and Simplot Grower Solutions
  • 4R & Agronomy Field Day
  • WMREC Sprayer and Pesticide Application Twilight Meeting
  • Maryland's 2022 Pesticide Container Recycling Program

June 30, 2022

  • Cover Your Bases - Plant Cover Crops
  • 2022 Maryland Commodity Classic
  • Tractor College: Maryland Soybean Board and Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board
  • North American Manure Expo: “Professionalism in Nutrient Management”
  • Frederick County Farm Bureau Annual Picnic
  • Farming Practices Request
  • Upcoming Webinars

June 6, 2022

  • Aerial Application of Cover Crop Seeds - Webinar
  • MDA 2022 Pesticide Container Recycling Collection Dates
  • Newly Released FHB Risk Assessment for Maryland: 5/24/22
  • UME Survey
  • 2022 Maryland Commodity Classic
  • Agronomy News - June 2022
  • Avian Influenza Confirmed in Black Vultures
  • Department Offering One-Time Bonus Payment for Approved CLEAR30 Enrollment
  • Gardner Advances Plans for Agriculture Innovation Center - Frederick County Govt.
  • Upcoming Webinars and Events

March 9, 2022

  • Avian Influenza
  • Dicamba and Paraquat Trainings
  • MyIPM for Row Crops App
  • MDA Farming for Healthy Soil Program
  • Grower Research Study to Guide Precision Farming Education
  • Free Therapy Services for Farm Families
  • Applications Open for Agriculture Innovation Grant Program
  • County Calls for Applications for Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation Program
  • Questions During the Growing Season?
  • FCMG Plant Sale

January 28, 2022

  • Ag Agent Position
  • USDA Confirms Additional Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
  • Central MD Agronomy Update Meeting
  • Well Water Quality Survey and Project
  • AIR Help Day
  • Nutrient Management Farmer Training and Certification
  • Annie's Project
  • Solar Development Leasing: University of Maryland Focus Group Interest & Availability
  • Solar Workshops
  • Upcoming Ag Programs

Beef

November 3, 2022

  • Fall Training & Recertification Classes
  • We're Hiring for the Frederick Office Central Cluster Area Extension Director
  • 2023 Custom Rate Survey Open
  • Adult Mental Health First Aid: Virtual Applied Skills Workshop
  • Maryland Beef Webinar Series: Benchmarking for Success
  • Wednesday Webinar: Keeping Your Fields Fine and Dandy-lion Free
  • Private Applicator Pesticide Training and Testing- Washington County
  • Pasture Walk at UMD Beef Demonstration Site
  • Cattle Health Management - Calving

September 30, 2022

  • Fall Training & Recertification Classes
  • We're Hiring for the Frederick Office 4-H Youth Development Agent
  • MD 4-H Foundation's 38th Annual Golf Tournament
  • Open House: Institute of Applied Agriculture 
  • Maryland Beef Webinar Series: Utilizing Crop Residue as a Forage Source
  • Wednesday Webinar: Agriculture Leases
  • Pasture Walk at Fiddlers Folly Farm
  • Wednesday Water Webinar: Things New Homeowners Need to Know About Their Septic System
  • Stakeholder Meetings Value Added Center
  • Maryland Advanced Grazing Workshop with Ranching for Profit
  • Wednesday Webinar: Regulatory Decision Trees for Value-Added Foods
  • Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference
  • Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School

September 1, 2022

  • Pesticide and Nutrient Voucher Training & Recertification
  • Potomac Edison Agricultural Energy Efficient Incentive Program
  • WMREC Sprayer and Pesticide Application Twilight Meeting
  • Effective Pesticide Application Twilight - WyeREC
  • Online Course: The Woods in Your Backyard
  • Let's Talk About Climate Change: Motivate Everyone You Know to Be Part of the Solution
  • Solar Workshops
  • Maryland Beef Webinar Series: Spring Stocker Cattle Recap: Successes and Lessons Learned
  • Wednesday Webinar: Decision Making Resources and Tools for Cover Cropping and Other Best Management Practices
  • Wednesday Webinar: Farming Time Management
  • Maryland’s 2022 Pesticide Container Recycling Program
  • Woodland & Wildlife Wednesdays
  • Pasture Walk at Kefauver Farms
  • Pasture Walk at Fiddlers Folly Farm
  • Maryland Grazing School
  • We're Hiring - Business Services Specialist

July 28, 2022

  • 2022 Wheat and Barley Yield and Disease Trial
  • ALEI August Webinar Series
  • ANMP Summer Series Part 2: Optimizing Fertilizer Use and Phosphorus Mining
  • Maryland Beef Webinar Series: Pasture Management: Stockpiling Tips 
  • New MDA Animal Diagnostic Lab and Education Tour 
  • Solar on the Farm
  • Virtual Forum: We Need an Epidemic of Climate Action
  • Wednesday Webinar: Farm Stress Management and Resiliency
  • Pasture Walk at Sines Family Farm
  • Virginia Tech Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center 2022 Field Day 
  • The Maryland State Fair
  • Penn State's Ag Progress Days
  • WMREC Sprayer and Pesticide Application Twilight Meeting
  • Maryland's 2022 Pesticide Container Recycling Program

June 30, 2022

  • Cover Your Bases - Plant Cover Crops
  • 2022 Maryland Commodity Classic
  • Tractor College: Maryland Soybean Board and Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board
  • North American Manure Expo: “Professionalism in Nutrient Management”
  • Frederick County Farm Bureau Annual Picnic
  • Farming Practices Request
  • Upcoming Webinars & Field Days

June 6, 2022

  • Aerial Application of Cover Crop Seeds - Webinar
  • MDA 2022 Pesticide Container Recycling Collection Dates
  • UME Survey
  • 2022 Maryland Commodity Classic
  • Agronomy News - June 2022
  • Department Offering One-Time Bonus Payment for Approved CLEAR30 Enrollment
  • Gardner Advances Plans for Agriculture Innovation Center - Frederick County Govt.
  • Upcoming Webinars and Events

March 9, 2022

  • Maryland Beef Webinars
  • Avian Influenza
  • MDA Farming for Healthy Soil Program
  • 2022 Novel Tall Fescue Renovation Workshop
  • Free Therapy Services for Farm Families
  • Applications Open for Agriculture Innovation Grant Program
  • County Calls for Applications for Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation Program
  • Questions During the Growing Season?
  • FCMG Plant Sale

January 28, 2022

  • Ag Agent Position
  • USDA Confirms Additional Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
  • Central MD Agronomy Update Meeting
  • Well Water Quality Survey and Project
  • AIR Help Day
  • Nutrient Management Farmer Training and Certification
  • Annie's Project
  • Solar Development Leasing: University of Maryland Focus Group Interest & Availability
  • Solar Workshops
  • Upcoming Ag Programs

Dairy

November 3, 2022

  • Fall Training & Recertification Classes
  • We're Hiring for the Frederick Office Central Cluster Area Extension Director
  • 2023 Custom Rate Survey Open
  • Adult Mental Health First Aid: Virtual Applied Skills Workshop
  • Dairy Animal Care Workshop-Garrett County
  • Maryland Beef Webinar Series: Benchmarking for Success
  • Wednesday Webinar: Keeping Your Fields Fine and Dandy-lion Free
  • Private Applicator Pesticide Training and Testing- Washington County
  • Pasture Walk at UMD Beef Demonstration Site
  • Cattle Health Management - Calving

September 30, 2022

  • Fall Training & Recertification Classes
  • We're Hiring for the Frederick Office 4-H Youth Development Agent
  • MD 4-H Foundation's 38th Annual Golf Tournament
  • Open House: Institute of Applied Agriculture 
  • Maryland Beef Webinar Series: Utilizing Crop Residue as a Forage Source
  • Wednesday Webinar: Agriculture Leases
  • Pasture Walk at Fiddlers Folly Farm
  • Wednesday Water Webinar: Things New Homeowners Need to Know About Their Septic System
  • Stakeholder Meetings Value Added Center
  • Maryland Advanced Grazing Workshop with Ranching for Profit
  • Wednesday Webinar: Regulatory Decision Trees for Value-Added Foods
  • Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference
  • Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School

September 1, 2022

  • Pesticide and Nutrient Voucher Training & Recertification
  • Potomac Edison Agricultural Energy Efficient Incentive Program
  • WMREC Sprayer and Pesticide Application Twilight Meeting
  • Effective Pesticide Application Twilight - WyeREC
  • Online Course: The Woods in Your Backyard
  • Let's Talk About Climate Change: Motivate Everyone You Know to Be Part of the Solution
  • Solar Workshops
  • Maryland Beef Webinar Series: Spring Stocker Cattle Recap: Successes and Lessons Learned
  • Wednesday Webinar: Decision Making Resources and Tools for Cover Cropping and Other Best Management Practices
  • Wednesday Webinar: Farming Time Management
  • Maryland’s 2022 Pesticide Container Recycling Program
  • Woodland & Wildlife Wednesdays
  • Pasture Walk at Kefauver Farms
  • Pasture Walk at Fiddlers Folly Farm
  • Maryland Grazing School
  • We're Hiring - Business Services Specialist

July 28, 2022

  • 2022 Wheat and Barley Yield and Disease Trial
  • ALEI August Webinar Series
  • ANMP Summer Series Part 2: Optimizing Fertilizer Use and Phosphorus Mining
  • Maryland Beef Webinar Series: Pasture Management: Stockpiling Tips 
  • New MDA Animal Diagnostic Lab and Education Tour 
  • Solar on the Farm
  • Virtual Forum: We Need an Epidemic of Climate Action
  • Wednesday Webinar: Farm Stress Management and Resiliency
  • Pasture Walk at Sines Family Farm
  • Virginia Tech Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center 2022 Field Day 
  • The Maryland State Fair
  • Penn State's Ag Progress Days
  • WMREC Sprayer and Pesticide Application Twilight Meeting
  • Maryland's 2022 Pesticide Container Recycling Program

June 30, 2022

  • Cover Your Bases - Plant Cover Crops
  • 2022 Maryland Commodity Classic
  • Tractor College: Maryland Soybean Board and Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board
  • North American Manure Expo: “Professionalism in Nutrient Management”
  • Frederick County Farm Bureau Annual Picnic
  • Farming Practices Request
  • Upcoming Webinars & Field Days

March 9, 2022

  • Avian Influenza
  • Dicamba and Paraquat Trainings
  • MDA Farming for Healthy Soil Program
  • Free Therapy Services for Farm Families
  • Applications Open for Agriculture Innovation Grant Program
  • County Calls for Applications for Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation Program
  • Questions During the Growing Season?
  • FCMG Plant Sale

January 28, 2022

  • Ag Agent Position
  • USDA Confirms Additional Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
  • Central MD Agronomy Update Meeting
  • Well Water Quality Survey and Project
  • AIR Help Day
  • Nutrient Management Farmer Training and Certification
  • Annie's Project
  • Solar Development Leasing: University of Maryland Focus Group Interest & Availability
  • Solar Workshops
  • Upcoming Ag Programs

Pasture Walk

November 3, 2022

  • Fall Training & Recertification Classes
  • We're Hiring for the Frederick Office Central Cluster Area Extension Director
  • 2023 Custom Rate Survey Open
  • Adult Mental Health First Aid: Virtual Applied Skills Workshop
  • Maryland Beef Webinar Series: Benchmarking for Success
  • Wednesday Webinar: Keeping Your Fields Fine and Dandy-lion Free
  • Private Applicator Pesticide Training and Testing- Washington County
  • Pasture Walk at UMD Beef Demonstration Site
  • Cattle Health Management - Calving

September 30, 2022

  • Fall Training & Recertification Classes
  • We're Hiring for the Frederick Office 4-H Youth Development Agent
  • Pasture Walk at Fiddlers Folly Farm
  • Maryland Advanced Grazing Workshop with Ranching for Profit
  • Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference

September 1, 2022

  • Pesticide and Nutrient Voucher Training & Recertification
  • Potomac Edison Agricultural Energy Efficient Incentive Program
  • WMREC Sprayer and Pesticide Application Twilight Meeting
  • Effective Pesticide Application Twilight - WyeREC
  • Online Course: The Woods in Your Backyard
  • Let's Talk About Climate Change: Motivate Everyone You Know to Be Part of the Solution
  • Solar Workshops
  • Wednesday Webinar: Decision Making Resources and Tools for Cover Cropping and Other Best Management Practices
  • Wednesday Webinar: Farming Time Management
  • Maryland’s 2022 Pesticide Container Recycling Program
  • Woodland & Wildlife Wednesdays
  • Pasture Walk at Kefauver Farms
  • Pasture Walk at Fiddlers Folly Farm
  • Maryland Grazing School
  • We're Hiring - Business Services Specialist

July 28, 2022

July 28, 2022

  • ALEI August Webinar Series
  • ANMP Summer Series Part 2: Optimizing Fertilizer Use and Phosphorus Mining
  • Solar on the Farm
  • Virtual Forum: We Need an Epidemic of Climate Action
  • Wednesday Webinar: Farm Stress Management and Resiliency
  • The Maryland State Fair
  • WMREC Sprayer and Pesticide Application Twilight Meeting
  • Maryland's 2022 Pesticide Container Recycling Program

June 30, 2022

  • Tractor College: Maryland Soybean Board and Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board
  • Farming Practices Request
  • Upcoming Webinars

March 9, 2022

  • Maryland Beef Webinars
  • Avian Influenza
  • MDA Farming for Healthy Soil Program
  • 2022 Novel Tall Fescue Renovation Workshop
  • Free Therapy Services for Farm Families
  • Applications Open for Agriculture Innovation Grant Program
  • County Calls for Applications for Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation Program
  • Questions During the Growing Season?
  • FCMG Plant Sale

January 28, 2022

  • Ag Agent Position
  • USDA Confirms Additional Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
  • Central MD Agronomy Update Meeting
  • Well Water Quality Survey and Project
  • AIR Help Day
  • Nutrient Management Farmer Training and Certification
  • Annie's Project
  • Solar Development Leasing: University of Maryland Focus Group Interest & Availability
  • Solar Workshops
  • Upcoming Ag Programs

Small Farms

November 3, 2022

  • Fall Training & Recertification Classes
  • We're Hiring for the Frederick Office Central Cluster Area Extension Director
  • 2023 Custom Rate Survey Open
  • Adult Mental Health First Aid: Virtual Applied Skills Workshop
  • Urban Farmer Field School
  • Black Farmer Caucus
  • Maryland Beef Webinar Series: Benchmarking for Success
  • Wednesday Webinar: Keeping Your Fields Fine and Dandy-lion Free
  • Taking Cover Crops to the Next Level Field Day
  • Private Applicator Pesticide Training and Testing- Washington County
  • Pasture Walk at UMD Beef Demonstration Site
  • Cattle Health Management - Calving

September 30, 2022

  • Fall Training & Recertification Classes
  • We're Hiring for the Frederick Office 4-H Youth Development Agent
  • MD 4-H Foundation's 38th Annual Golf Tournament
  • Open House: Institute of Applied Agriculture 
  • Maryland Beef Webinar Series: Utilizing Crop Residue as a Forage Source
  • Wednesday Webinar: Agriculture Leases
  • Pasture Walk at Fiddlers Folly Farm
  • Cover Crop Planning for Small-to-Mid Scale Diversified Farms
  • Wednesday Water Webinar: Things New Homeowners Need to Know About Their Septic System
  • Stakeholder Meetings Value Added Center
  • Maryland Advanced Grazing Workshop with Ranching for Profit
  • Wednesday Webinar: Regulatory Decision Trees for Value-Added Foods
  • Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference

September 1, 2022

  • Pesticide and Nutrient Voucher Training & Recertification
  • Potomac Edison Agricultural Energy Efficient Incentive Program
  • WMREC Sprayer and Pesticide Application Twilight Meeting
  • Effective Pesticide Application Twilight - WyeREC
  • Future Harvest CASA and Fox Haven Farm: Herb Farm Best Practices
  • Online Course: The Woods in Your Backyard
  • Let's Talk About Climate Change: Motivate Everyone You Know to Be Part of the Solution
  • Garden Smarter Hugelkultur For Run Off Management and Soil Enhancement
  • Adventures in Medium-Scale Food Scraps Composting: EcoCity Farms
  • Solar Workshops
  • Maryland Beef Webinar Series: Spring Stocker Cattle Recap: Successes and Lessons Learned
  • Adventures in Medium-Scale Food Scraps Composting: EcoCity Farms
  • Wednesday Webinar: Decision Making Resources and Tools for Cover Cropping and Other Best Management Practices
  • Wednesday Webinar: Farming Time Management
  • Maryland’s 2022 Pesticide Container Recycling Program
  • Woodland & Wildlife Wednesdays
  • Pasture Walk at Kefauver Farms
  • Pasture Walk at Fiddlers Folly Farm
  • Poultry Farm Management for New & Existing Growers
  • Special Commercial Cut Flower Growers Field Day
  • Nursery/Greenhouse/Controlled Environment Nutrient Management Plan Development
  • Maryland Grazing School
  • We're Hiring - Business Services Specialist

July 28, 2022

  • ALEI August Webinar Series
  • Maryland State Horticultural Society Summer Tour, hosted at Rock Hill Orchard & Woodbourne Creamery
  • ANMP Summer Series Part 2: Optimizing Fertilizer Use and Phosphorus Mining
  • Field Crops Research Twilight Barbecue and Ice Cream Social
  • Maryland Beef Webinar Series: Pasture Management: Stockpiling Tips 
  • New MDA Animal Diagnostic Lab and Education Tour 
  • Solar on the Farm
  • Virtual Forum: We Need an Epidemic of Climate Action
  • Wednesday Webinar: Farm Stress Management and Resiliency
  • Pasture Walk at Sines Family Farm
  • Future Harvest CASA Public Field Day Held at Good Dog Farm
  • Future Harvest CASA: 2023 Beginner Farmer Training Program Applications Open 
  • Virginia Tech Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center 2022 Field Day 
  • The Maryland State Fair
  • WMREC Sprayer and Pesticide Application Twilight Meeting
  • Maryland's 2022 Pesticide Container Recycling Program

June 30, 2022

  • Cover Your Bases - Plant Cover Crops
  • Tractor College: Maryland Soybean Board and Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board
  • Farming Practices Request
  • Upcoming Webinars & Field Days

June 6, 2022

  • Aerial Application of Cover Crop Seeds - Webinar
  • MDA 2022 Pesticide Container Recycling Collection Dates
  • UME Survey
  • Avian Influenza Confirmed in Black Vultures
  • Market Readiness: Insider Tips For Maintaining Produce Quality After Harvest
  • Department Offering One-Time Bonus Payment for Approved CLEAR30 Enrollment
  • Gardner Advances Plans for Agriculture Innovation Center - Frederick County Govt.
  • Upcoming Webinars and Events

March 9, 2022

  • Avian Influenza
  • MDA Farming for Healthy Soil Program
  • Maryland Produce Farm Survey
  • Backyard Farming Series - Flock Fridays
  • Free Therapy Services for Farm Families
  • County Executive Proposes Bills to Streamline Farm Stand Process
  • Applications Open for Agriculture Innovation Grant Program
  • County Calls for Applications for Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation Program
  • Questions During the Growing Season?
  • FCMG Plant Sale

January 28, 2022

  • Ag Agent Position
  • USDA Confirms Additional Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
  • Central MD Agronomy Update Meeting
  • Well Water Quality Survey and Project
  • Farm to School Program
  • AIR Help Day
  • Nutrient Management Farmer Training and Certification
  • Annie's Project
  • Solar Development Leasing: University of Maryland Focus Group Interest & Availability
  • Solar Workshops
  • Upcoming Ag Programs